Victoria Monet took over Atlanta Tuesday night at the Buckhead Theatre where she performed on her first, official headlining tour The Jaguar Tour. On Aug. 25, the singer-songwriter released her debut studio album Jaguar II, the sequel to her 2020 EP Jaguar.
The Jaguar Tour kicked off Sep. 6 in Detroit and quickly made its way through the northeast until landing in her birth city of Atlanta. The venue was packed at every corner with fans dressed in Victoria’s signature brown hue. Once she opened the show with “Moment,” it was clear that we were in for a legendary night.
The audience belted out every word as she danced along with her backup dancers to “Coastin’”, “FUCK” and “Jaguar” in a sheer, brown two-piece embellished with crystals.
As she transitioned into “Party Girls” featuring Jamaican Dancehall artist Buju Banton, the audience could hear the familiar melody of Beyonce’s “Baby Boy” featuring Sean Paul intertwined with the track; a nod to one of her biggest inspirations.
Highlights from the night included her entrance during “Cadillac,” decked out in a bedazzled Zoot Suit and a fedora. Her signature dance break to Trillville’s “Some Cut” which sparked a viral online dance challenge last year. Lastly, she couldn’t end the night without performing the standout track “On My Mama,” a song with a nostalgic early 2000’s vibe and a heavy mix of R&B and Hip-Hop. The song samples Chalie Boy’s 2009 hit single “I Look Good.”
Later, it was revealed that the VMAs felt it was “too early” for the Grammy-nominated artist to make her debut on their stage.
This isn’t the first time fans have had to work overtime to give their favorite artist the (rightful) recognition they deserve. Fans pressured MTV into allowing Normani to perform at the 2021 VMAs after they discovered she wasn’t invited to sing her new single “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B.
Following her highly anticipated single “Motivation” and a messy split from the popular girl group Fifth Harmony, Normani was set to make her debut as a solo artist. Her 2019 VMA performance of the song was one of the best of the year, and naturally, expectations for what would come next were high.
So, when she and the eclectic rapper joined forces to release their chart-topping collaboration “Wild Side”, fans were surprised that the VMAs didn’t extend an invitation for her to perform, especially considering the waves the music video made online. However, MTV’s apparent snub left fans questioning the network’s influence in today’s music industry landscape.
There was a point in time when performing at the Video Music Awards was seen as a pivotal moment in an artist’s career. Now, we aren’t so sure. There is something to be said about MTV’s long-standing culture of excluding black artists but that’s a conversation for another day.
Nonetheless, while MTV was undermining her star power, she was preparing to embark on a sold-out tour. For the next three months, The Jaguar Tour will hit 22 cities across North America before ending in London on Nov. 15.
Amidst all the excitement around Jaguar II, the song was most excited to see Victoria perform on tour is “Stop (Asking Me 4Shyt).” It is truly one of a kind and was clearly the fan favorite of the night as the crows sang every word.
“Stop askin’ me for money, get your own
I barely even just got on
Do I look like a tree to you? Well, leaf me alone if I do”
“I need you to stop, askin’ me for shit Ooh, I put this on in case you forget”
As the show concluded, eager fans quickly exited the theater to catch a glimpse of the next spectacle: the massive Billboard towering over the Buckhead Theatre. There, Victoria Monet lays in a seductive pose, clad in an all-black catsuit, and beneath her image, in bold letters, the sign proudly announced “SOLD OUT” with “Victoria Monet’s The Jaguar Tour” written below.